Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To wipe, or make clean by wiping; wash away.
  • In medicine: To cleanse by lotions, as a wound or ulcer. To purge. See deterge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French and Old French absterger or from Medieval Latin abstergēre, present active infinitive of abstergeō ("wipe off or away"); formed from abs- + tergeō ("to wipe off").

Examples

  • Turks of all sorts, men and women, and all over Greece, and those hot countries; to absterge belike that fulsomeness of sweat, to which they are there subject.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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  • (archaic) To wipe clean; purify.

    November 2, 2007